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Canon UK has sold an Océ Arizona 460 XT UV flatbed printer to UK-based print and graphic service provider C3imaging at Sign & Digital UK 2013. The new machine will replace the company’s current UV flatbed printer – the Arizona 250 GT – to enhance the quality, productivity and versatility of applications the company can offer and help it to expand into new profitable markets.

Albert Penninkhof, C3imaging Branch Manager, London, explains, “With the Arizona 460 XT, we will not only be able to offer a more diverse range of products but much higher quality. We can now offer bespoke office graphics, window vinyl, panels, exhibitions stands and more, all to the superior standard that top-end brands demand.”

Penninkhof continues: “The market is moving fast and our customers’ demands reflect that. We’ve seen an increase in demand for white ink printing and decorative varnish to create diverse and exciting applications that can make them stand out. We need a machine that enables us to take advantage of these business opportunities, which the Océ Arizona 460 XT does.”

The machine will complement C3imaging’s current wide-format printer portfolio, which already includes the Océ ColorWave 650 Poster Printer. Penninkhof adds: “With these two Canon machines, we now have the option to rationalise each job in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”

Meanwhile the Arizona 250 GT will relocate to the C3imaging’s Liverpool branch, where it will benefit from the machine’s capability to integrate with the branch’s Zünd cutting table and remove the need for mounting when producing applications such as panel work.

The 2.5 x 3.05m Arizona 460 XT prints on a broad range of substrates at 21 sqm an hour and has seven user-selectable vacuum zones on an oversized table, removing the need for masking on most graphic arts media. It comes equipped with six independent ink channels, including channels to apply varnish and white, or lay down a double white layer.

Penninkhof has vast experience in the graphic arts industry and is well-acquainted with the benefits of Océ technology, he explains: “I had previously worked with an Arizona 350 XT at another company and was very impressed with what it can offer – in particular what you can achieve with the white ink. You can print on MDF, glass, acrylics, metal and even venetian blinds – the list is exhaustive and there’s great scope to be creative and impress customers.”

Penninkhof continues, “Beyond the obvious quality and speed qualities synonymous with the Arizona range, we were blown away by the new Onyx Thrive workflow software, which enables batch jobs and a multiple layers at one time, all at a click of a button. This means the operator can go away and do something else for an hour, which further boosts efficiency. This deal enables us to continue to serve our loyal client base, while at the same time follow through with new business opportunities.”

Duncan Smith, Wide Format Printing Group Director, Canon UK, said, “C3imaging is a company moving in the right direction and we knew that the Arizona 460 XT would be the machine to match its ambition and help it to expand its business. Albert has a thorough understanding of the wide format market and what can be achieved by working with Canon and its Océ technology. At the Canon stand, we’re looking to inspire visitors by helping them to identify new business opportunities to grow their business and that’s exactly what C3imaging has done.”